An Airedale Terrier is a very versatile animal. They can serve many purposes in life. They are a watchdog, a companion dog, a show dog, a hunting dog or they can be all of these things. When you decide to get an Airedale Terrier, you know what you have in mind for this dog and what you can do with him or her.
There are a lot of qualities and characteristics that make up the Airedale Terrier. They can be fun, playful, aggressive, lovable, loud, active, protective, loyal, noble and even goofy. When you first get him, he won't have all these traits yet. A lot of them will develop as a result of his lifestyle and training. However, you will already be able to see many of his traits when you first buy him.
With a lot of patience and training, the Airedale Terrier has served many important roles in life. They are used for hunting small and large game, waterfowl retrieving, protection dogs, therapy dogs for sick or disabled persons and police dogs. The have a sense of smell that is so excellent that they excel in tracking and have helped on many occasions with search and rescue. Their high energy level and coordination make agility and flyball competitions a breeze for them. These are many of the things you can expect from an Airedale Terrier that has been raised and trained to their full potential.
When you first get your Airedale, there will hopefully be many things you will look for in the dog. Don't be afraid to ask the breeder or individual selling the dog any questions you may have. If you are looking at an entire litter of puppies, look at all of them and observe their behavior. If it's possible, try to see the parents of the dog to see how their behavior is as well. Certain types of aggression may be learned, but some are inherited traits. Inherited traits are much harder to get out of a dog even with good training.
Many times when people see a little puppy that is shy, they instantly fall in love with that puppy. While this is not always the case, sometime a shy puppy will grow up to be a skittish or introverted adult that requires extra work and training. Then there's the one that is the first one to start yapping and barking at such a young age. It sounds so cute, but it may also be a yapper as an adult. Not so cute anymore! You often see the cute little puppies that seem mischievous because they are chewing on your shoes while you are looking at them. This type of behavior is very good in a puppy of this kind. It shows they are not excessively shy, they have good drive and are playful. These are all traits you want to see in a dog, even a puppy. In addition, these traits are the beginnings of a good Airedale Terrier.